Who are the content creators?

After the Joe Janes keynote, a colleague said to me that she doesn’t think of librarians as being content creators who should spend a lot of time in Wikipedia, because we’re not the “subject specialists”.  And I vehemently disagreed, saying that I think we are all content creators, because we’re all “subject specialists” about something.

I have a few main thoughts about this:

  • We have to stop thinking about authority in old ways.  We are all subject experts about something.
  • We have to stop thinking about content creation in old ways.  Publishers, academics, and librarians are no longer gatekeepers for content creation and distribution, and we have to let it go.
  • We need to start experimenting, and building the content confidence of all of the people who think that they have no subject authority.
  • The world will not end if this happens.

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